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May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

"Satan is Real"

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6: 12 NIV

You have an enemy and it isn’t the one you think of often. It isn’t that person you’re competing against at work, the difficult neighbor or your ex-spouse.  In fact, your enemy doesn’t have flesh or blood at all.  Your battle is with Satan.

People often walk around in discouragement and defeat because they don’t really understand who they’re battling.  They don’t understand their real enemy.  They blame everyone and thing but Satan.

So if you want to get at what’s dragging you down, you have to start by attacking the right enemy.  When you do that, keep these truths in mind as you battle against that true enemy, Satan.

You’re no match for him - you’re going to need outside help.  Without Jesus you have no hope of defeating Satan’s influence over your life.

Everyone gets used to him - Satan attempts to trick both Christians and non-Christians alike.  Protect yourself with the armor of God.  (see Ephesians 6: 10 – 17).

Not everything that is spiritual is good - there is spiritual light but also spiritual darkness.  Don’t fall for the lie that all roads to God are equal.  Jesus tells us He is the only way. (John 14:6).

Satan doesn’t fight fair - he won’t slug you, because he can’t.  Instead he puts discouraging and depressing ideas into your mind.  When that happens ask Jesus for help.

Satan is real.  He is the enemy who has been disrupting your life.  There is Good News:  he doesn’t have a chance against Jesus.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don

P.S.:  Barry Wittschen was injured in what is suspected to be a fall.  He is in the ICU at Strong.  Please keep him, and Jackie, his wife, in your prayers.

Thank you,

Pastor Don